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2022 OSCARS PREDICTIONS:
UPDATED: Nov 26, 2021
AWARDS PREDICTION COMMENTARY: Well-known names are leading the charge in this race. After the debut of Aaron Sorkin’s “Being the Ricardos,” Nicole Kidman’s Lucielle Ball lived up to the hype, and then some. A second viewing of the film has convinced me that she has the goods to go all the way. This is heightened more by the divisive nature of the “House of Gucci,” “The Lost Daughter” and “Spencer,” with the three leading ladies of the films – Lady Gaga, Olivia Colman and Kristen Stewart feeling safe for noms but not foregone conclusions for trips to the Oscar stage.
I’m reminded of shocking omissions such as Amy Adams (“Arrival”) and Jennifer Aniston (“Cake”), which felt like potential winners until they missed out in the end. However, that could give hope and hints for contenders like Penelope Cruz (“Parallel Mothers”), Jessica Chastain (“The Eyes of Tammy Faye”), Jennifer Hudson (“Respect”) and Frances McDormand (“The Tragedy of Macbeth”).
SAG Awards could make women that seem “dead in the water” have a resurrection (even if it might be short-lived). Look at past SAG nominees like Amy Adams (“Hillbilly Elegy”), Helen Mirren (“Woman in Gold”), and Sarah Silverman (“I Smile Back”). Likewise, actresses like Jodie Comer (“The Last Duel”), Rachel Sennott (“Shiva Baby”) or Tessa Thompson (“Passing”) could have such a moment.
Oscar nominations voting begins on Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022, and will end on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022. The official Academy Awards nominations will be announced on Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022, with the ceremony taking place on Sunday, Mar. 27, 2022.
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AWARDS CATEGORY HISTORY (Best Actress)
The Academy Awards, better known as the Oscars, is Hollywood’s most prestigious artistic award in the film industry. The most awarded films in Oscar history are “Ben-Hur,” “Titanic” and “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” at 11 statuettes. The most nominated films in Academy history are “All About Eve,” “Titanic” and “La La Land” at 14. “La La Land” is the only film of the three to have lost best picture. The most prominent Oscar “losers,” meaning most nominated and walk away with zero awards, are 1977’s “The Turning Point” and 1985’s “The Color Purple” at 11 each. Katharine Hepburn has the most awards in this category with four.
In contrast, 13 women have won two each – Ingrid Bergman, Bette Davis, Sally Field, Jane Fonda, Jodie Foster, Olivia de Havilland, Glenda Jackson, Vivien Leigh, Frances McDormand, Luise Rainer, Meryl Streep, Hilary Swank and Elizabeth Taylor. Streep has the most nominations in this category with 17, Hepburn has 12, and Davis has 10. The oldest winner is Jessica Tandy at 80 for “Driving Miss Daisy,” The oldest nominee is Emmanuelle Riva at 85 for “Amour.” The youngest winner at 21 is Marlee Matlin (“Children of a Lesser God”), and the youngest nominee at 9 is Quvenzhané Wallis (“Beasts of the Southern Wild”).
2022 Academy Awards Predictions
- Best Picture
- Best Director
- Best Actor
- Best Actress
- Best Supporting Actor
- Best Supporting Actress
- Best Original Screenplay
- Best Adapted Screenplay
- Best Animated Feature
- Best Production Design
- Best Cinematography
- Best Costume Design
- Best Film Editing
- Best Makeup and Hairstyling
- Best Sound
- Best Visual Effects
- Best Original Score
- Best Original Song
- Best Documentary Feature
- Best International Feature
- Best Animated Short [coming soon]
- Best Documentary Short [coming soon]
- Best Live-Action Short [coming soon]
About the Academy Awards (Oscars)
The Academy Awards, better known as the Oscars, is Hollywood’s most prestigious artistic award in the film industry. Since 1927, nominees and winners have been selected by members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). Seventeen branches are represented within the near 10,000 person membership. The branches are actors, associates, casting directors, cinematographers, costume designers, directors, documentary, executives, film editors, makeup and hairstylists, marketing and public relations, members-at-large, members-at-large (artists’ representatives), music, producers, production design, short films and feature animation, sound, visual effects and writers.
- The date for the 94th Oscars will be held on Sunday, Mar. 27, 2022